Activities Focused on Tomorrow
Environment / Quality
For the future of people and the planet, we strive to reduce environmental burden and offer more enriched lifestyles.
Canon pictures a future where the Earth's thriving natural environment co-exists with society's increasingly enriched lifestyles.
To provide customers with a greater feeling of safety, peace of mind, and satisfaction, we are working tirelessly to improve product performance while minimizing environmental burden.
Based on our Action for Green environmental vision, Canon works to create a society in which enriched lifestyles and the Earth's environment can co-exist. Action for Green covers all phases of the product lifecycle—produce, use and recycle—and we carefully monitor the progress of all related activities.
The use of bio-based plastic, a plant-derived material, reduces oil consumption and CO2 emissions during manufacturing. Canon and Toray Industries, Inc. developed a bio-based plastic material that achieves the world's highest level of flame retardance, which is used in the exterior parts of Canon's network multifunction devices and digital production printing systems.
In 1996, Canon initiated a service in Japan to collect used ink cartridges, and has expanded this service to include Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Furthermore, for more than 20 years, Canon has been collecting and recycling toner cartridges for laser printers and other devices worldwide.
To improve the quality of our products, Canon gathers customer feedback and applies it during new product development. For example, in response to requests from medical practitioners, we produced wireless digital radiography devices that are free of cables. In addition to being easier to use, these devices are compact and lightweight, offer reduced X-ray exposure to patients, and deliver high-image-quality results.
Canon sales offices and other business facilities are designed to conserve energy and other resources. Canon Spain's headquarters building, for example, adopts a system that optimizes energy efficiency throughout the entire structure. This system automatically controls the amount of sunlight that enters the building to maintain a comfortable temperature and optimal lighting while minimizing energy use.
Canon uses strict standards when conducting quality testing to ensure products are safe and reliable. Measurement testing for such aspects as noise, flame resistance and electromagnetic radiation is conducted at state-of-the-art facilities that have been certified for ISO/IEC and UL testing. As a result, we are able to increase development speed and product quality.